By Vince Font
If you’re planning a California vacation to San Francisco for this summer’s Gay Pride festivities, you’d do well to pack for cool weather and heed Mark Twain’s famous words: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” But don’t go overboard — celebration events running from noon to the wee hours, including performances, dance parties, and after-hours clubbing will have you working a sweat in no time.
Now, where to unpack that rainbow hoodie and start the celebration? Finding LGBT friendly San Francisco hotels is as easy as finding popcorn in a box of Cracker Jack. You’re guaranteed at least one surprise, too. Depending on where within the city you want to stay, I’ve picked out a few of the swankiest yet affordable digs on offer.
Union Square/Nob Hill
Hotel Nikko‘s four-star accommodations situate you mere steps away from the classy Rrazz Room night club, and a stone’s throw from Union Square in the heart of downtown. Enjoy pampering in the form of Subarashee Yume pillow-top beds, large flat panel televisions (plus TVs positioned within bathroom mirrors), and a 15-meter heated indoor pool. Show your love to one another openly with pride — Hotel Nikko is recommended by Travel Alternatives Group for its LGBT friendliness.
The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel gives you a brisk walk’s access to the touristy yet unforgettable Pier 39, where you can hop aboard a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Having just completed a $33 million renovation, each room features the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and WiFi access.
Breezing in and out for an overnight stay? The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is located 9 miles from downtown and 1.5 miles from San Francisco International airport. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, a fitness center, and the Bistro 123 restaurant and Martini Bar.
Book any of these three hotels now and you can save up to 35% off your stay as part of the Orbitz Summer Hotel Sale. You’ll often see even bigger savings when you book your San Francisco hotel and flight together.
Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.